Linda Gail Lapp

November 7, 1938May 29, 2018
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Linda Gail Lapp, 79, of Grapevine, met her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, after a 6-year battle with cancer. Gail faced her health struggles with great courage and a strong faith in Christ while continuing a selfless devotion to her family and friends. Gail was born on November 7, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA to the late Austin Thomas Hamby and Gladys Evelyn Hamby. She was a 1956 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Ft. Worth and attended North Texas State University.

She married the love of her life, Sam Lapp, in 1965. Together they had 3 children, Jeffrey Dean Lapp, James Boyd Lapp and Douglas Wayne Lapp. Early in their marriage, Gail and Sam lived many places including Ft. Worth, TX, Aberdeen, SD, Toledo, OH, and Virginia Beach, VA. They became longtime residents of Irving, TX in 1969 where they raisied their boys. They currently live in Grapevine, TX. Prior to marriage, Gail was a secretary at Acme Brick and Continental Grain in Fort Worth. Following her marriage, she was a homemaker for several years before returning to work as a receptionist at Studio 4000/4001 and Personally Yours in Irving.

Gail enjoyed playing tennis, reading, needlepoint and playing cards; Bridge and Hand & Foot were among her favorites. She was an avid sports fan who loved the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, and enjoyed watching tennis and golf as well. Gail had a passion for interior design and home decorating, which was evident in her beautiful homes. As much as she loved working on the inside of her home, she found her “therapy” in gardening and took pride in maintaining a beautifully landscaped yard. Gail was an amazing cook who delighted in hosting many extended family holiday dinners.

Gail had a strong and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. She was an active member of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving for 30+ years where she taught Sunday School, was President of United Methodist Women’s group, was active in charity work and the youth group. Upon moving to Grapevine, Sam and Gail became members of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.

Gail will be missed by so many family members and loved ones, especially her husband Sam, children: Jeff, Jim and his wife Sarah and Doug; grandchildren: Jessica Lloyd, Jordan Lapp, Hudson Lapp, Abigail Lapp, Chloe Lapp; great grandchildren BriLee Lloyd and Peyton Lloyd. She will also be missed by her siblings Tom Hamby and Carol Fowler, a large extended family and host of very dear friends. Gail loved her extended family and friends very much and was always generous and compassionate with her time and gifts. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved to laugh with her kids.

Visitation for Gail will be held Tuesday, June 5th from 6-8pm at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Parkway, Coppell, TX. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 6, at 10:00 am at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church (in their Grace Chapel building), located at 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd., Southlake, TX. 76029. A private burial at Rolling Oaks Memorial Center will follow immediately after the church service.

Memorial donations may be made to White’s Chapel UMC.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Paula Trapp-Duke

June 6, 2018

Even though I have not seen Mrs. Lapp in many years, I always remember that she was one of the kindest women I have ever met! She, and her husband Sam, were always so welcoming and kind! God shone thru them and I know she will be dearly missed by many! My heart goes out to Doug, Sam and the entire Lapp family for their loss! She will be smiling down from above as I am positive she is one of His many angels!!

Beth Davis

June 6, 2018

❤️This a a beautiful tribute to a BEAUTIFUL lady. The first time I saw Gail, I picked her out of a group and thought “now that is really a pretty lady”. Her smile, demeanor, and grace just stood out! Then we played bridge at her home, and it was also absolutely beautiful.....she was also a gifted decorator and homemaker. Then I got to know Gail, and WOW...she was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside! In fact, she is one of the most beautiful, special ladies I have ever known. She loved her family with all her heart, and was so very proud of her boys and their families. The first time I met Sam, I introduced myself and said “I just love your wife” ...... I will never forget his response , “I just love her too”. I already knew how she adored him.....he was truly the love of her life, and what a special IN LOVE couple they were! I loved Gail for ten years, and feel so very blessed to have been her friend. She was loved by all who knew her, and will be missed by soooo many. She will live on in the legacy of her beautiful family, and in the hearts of all who knew her. Her faith was strong, and we know where she is.

Danny Bryant

June 5, 2018

Gail Lapp is synonymous with sweetness & kindness.
Betty & I are blessed that she was part of our life.
Gail is now one of God's lead Angels.

Sara Janzen

June 3, 2018

Gail, my sweet sister-in-law, was a much loved part of our family. She treated my brother with love and respect and was a wonderful wife and mother. She was always the ultimate hostess when we visited and made us feel at home with her gentle charm. I always refer to her as our Southern belle. I have always admired her impeccable taste as a decorator. Gail will be greatly missed. As the obituary says, Gail had a strong and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. We take comfort in knowing where she is and that she is free of pain and sickness.

Shirley Ainsworth

June 1, 2018

Gail was a beautiful person inside and out. I am so happy that I was one of her many friends and was able to enjoy her
many talents and friendship through the years.
She and I were invited to learn to play bridge numerous times while we were in Irving and we told each other that one would not learn without the other. Thank goodness we did decide to learn to play and enjoyed several years of fun times playing the challenging game. Gail had a knowledge of card games which was very much to her advantage.
We will so miss her in every avenue of our lives.
Prayers are with you and the family as you go through the next few days and the future.
We love you,
Shirley and Joe